Adelaide United’s Cornthwaite: We need to improve

Adelaide United defender Robert Cornthwaite knows recent team performances have not been good enough.

Adelaide United defender Robert Cornthwaite knows recent team performances have not been good enough.

The 24-year old admits the Reds have showed indifferent form and now is the time for things to change otherwise they will have missed the boat in regards to pushing for a top six position.

“Things have been pretty inconsistent, we haven’t been able to string two wins together, and if we want to make a real tilt for the championship that’s something we’re going to need to change,” Cornthwaite said.

“The team needs to all be heading in one direction and just working for the same goal. We’ve got a good structure and a good side, we just need to start working together as one and I think the wins will start to come.”

The Reds managed a solid 2-1 win with ten men against Sydney FC last Friday and it looked to be the turning point of their season but they were back to their old tricks with a lacklustre showing against arch enemies Melbourne Victory, losing 3-1 on Saturday night.

“We’re old enough and experienced enough to know that the performance on Saturday night wasn’t good enough, Viddie (coach Aurelio Vidmar) doesn’t need to tell us that,” Cornthwaite added.

“We’ve just got to continue to work hard on keeping possession and getting everything in place, to make sure come Saturday we’ve got no excuses.”

The Reds take on the Central Coast Mariners in Canberra on Saturday – kick-off is at 7.00pm AEDT (6.30pm ACDT).